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Man leading A-Rod protest allegedly involved in altercation with security


Fernando Mateo, the president of Hispanics Across America, an organization that is protesting Alex Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension, reportedly was involved in an altercation with a security guard on Tuesday morning as he protested outside MLB offices in New York, where the New York Yankees slugger currently pleading his case against the suspension.

Protesters began showing up outside the MLB’s Park Avenue offices on Monday and were back again on Tuesday as A-Rod again met with Major League Baseball in an attempt to have the suspension lifted.

Apparently, the scene turned a bit volatile Tuesday morning between A-Rod’s passionate supporters — or at least Mateo — and security staff stationed outside MLB HQ.

The New York Daily News reported Tuesday that Mateo was involved in some kind of altercation with a security guard.

Mateo reportedly called the NYPD and an ambulance after the alleged incident, during which HAA executive director Sergio Rodriguez claims a female security guard threw coffee on Mateo after the two disagreed over the placement of a barricade outside MLB offices.

Mateo who told the Daily News that he was being treated for high blood pressure, said, “It is not right. A woman threw a cup of hot coffee on me. I was trying to move a barricade. This is a very hostile environment.”

Previously, Mateo issued a statement indicating that the Hispanics Across America was throwing its support behind “dozens of A-Rod fans to send a clear message that A-Rod is innocent and being victimized to Bud Selig and the arbitrator he appointed to find A-Rod guilty of being associated with the Bio Genesis Lab.”

The statement continued, according to a New York Daily News report: “A-Rod has been drug tested more than any Major League Player and has never tested positive for the use of steroids. Randy Levine and the NY Yankees are responsible for this unfair 211 game suspension.”

Mateo said earlier that Hispanics Across America will continue to protest throughout the week and may hold a 24-hour vigil on Thursday and Friday right outside MLB headquarters. No word on whether or not the alleged hostility he experienced on Tuesday will alter the organization’s plans.

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